Making a Difference in Education! Losing My Mind over Education (Finding My Way Back to Me) is an incredible story about Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton's passion for preserving the essence of education as a dynamic leader, Founder, and First Principal of Detroit School of Arts. The book is a personal journey through a brittle American bureaucratic system--education. It is also a personal quest to make a difference in education. This book shows the discord between the preparation of Denise's educational journey along life's landscape, what she discovers, and what needs to happen to reignite the educational spirit. A Time for Definition! Losing My Mind over Education (Finding My Way Back to Me) challenges the reader to search for meaningful solutions to address the issues facing American education. The erosion of decades in changing educational policy prompted many educators to ask some fundamental questions: Where we are? Where are we going in education? Why is learning legislated? How do we relate to the patriarch of schools – the local district? This book is also a cautionary tale about contributing causes to the destruction of education--privatization, "bottom-line" mandates, and inexhaustible experimental models of educational reform.
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Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton, a Milken Foundation internationally recognized educator, Michiganian of the Year, Crain’s Forty under Forty Recipient, and Past President of Arts Schools Network has made a historic contribution to the education and the cultural renaissance. She retired in 2010 after serving as Founder and First Principal of Detroit School of Arts (DSA). She also received the Key to the City of Montgomery (Alabama), the Congressional Record Recognition by the 106th Congress, is recognized as a Distinguished Alumni - Alabama State University. Her dream of teaching performing arts to inner-city school children evolved to the founding of what many believe became an icon for merging cultural education throughout the country. Through Dr. Cotton’s leadership, academics and arts are not only recognized but also revered. As a result of her vision, she provides strong comprehensive arts education programs; promotes creativity, imagination, and innovation; and designs educational curricula that prepares and educates a workforce for the Digital Age. Dr. Davis-Cotton hails from Montgomery, Alabama and is dedicated to promoting achievement through Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) initiatives; thus, providing a balanced intellectual sphere that includes divergent thinking and creativity.
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